I’ve been blogging for a few months now and I still consider myself as a newbie. I’ve done different articles but somehow still fails to attract a large audience. There are days where I question myself, what have I done wrong? What are the areas that I need to improve? As a beginner, it’s always a struggle to make a solid foundation for your blog and make an effort to market yourself because of thousands competitors out there. So if you’re reading this, I’ve list down some struggles that I’ve encountered as a novice blogger.
POOR BLOG CONTENT
How will you know if your blog appears weak to your readers? How will you know if your blog post fail to attract attention? As a writer, it could be disappointing if you check your article and seeing no one view or commented on your work! Well, here’s the reason why.
- Your intro is boring and puts people to sleep. If you fail to write a catchy phrase on the first sentence of your article, they would immediately stop reading! Think about something that would catch their attention, something they can relate to. Once they’re hooked, they would finish reading your work.
- The way the person writes. Sometimes, a newbie blogger writing sucks! Proofread your work! Check your grammar first before publishing it. Avoid using repetitive words. Do a final read of your work or ask someone to read it for a review.
HAVING AN UGLY VISUAL STYLE
Personally, the first thing that I pay attention with when visiting a blog or website is their appearance. For me, first impression lasts. If you want to gain viewers, make sure that your visual style is not too busy. Try to pick a clean, minimalist theme. Avoid putting a lot of widgets. As much as possible, make them focus on your work not on your theme/background.
Before writing, try to research harder. There are a lot of blogs online and sometimes, they post the same ideas over and over again. Be unique and think out of the box. Ask for some help from other people and try to brainstorm about it. Make sure that it would captivate your future readers.
The most important thing about creating a blog is to find your loyal viewers. Find people who share the same interest and same passion like yours. For example, if you’re putting up a travel blog, your target audience mostly are amateur travelers and backpackers.
NEED FOR SHARES
As a newbie blogger, getting a share is as important as building your audience. If you need to increase traffic to your website, thus sharing your article is a must. Use your social media accounts. Join groups. Promote your work more than once. In that case, your garnering a number of clicks and share of your article.
COMPETITION TO OTHER BLOGGERS
It’s the hardest part for me as a newbie blogger. Of course, you don’t want to be compared to others writers out there. But knowing your competitors is also important. For me, make a list of it. Visit their page, analyze their work. Look for something that makes their page popular. How often they post and how they interact with their readers. But never, ever copy their work or grab something from them without permission!!!
LACK OF PROMOTION
Many blogs die/disappear quickly because of lack of promotion. The moment you publish a new blog post, you should distribute it to your different social media accounts to garner clicks and viewers. Interact with your followers. There’s no guarantee that your blog will be a hit, but there’s no harm in trying.